The Lazy Man’s Way to Maintain a Healthy Weight


The Lazy Man's Way to Maintain a Healthy WeightThe New Year has come and gone, so have the resolutions to exercise.

Forget about getting ripped and buff, I’m just trying to maintain a healthy weight. Haha.
 
Several years ago, I purchased a gym membership at LA Fitness with the idea I would get “ripped”. Ha! How many times do you think I went?
 
Zero.
 
I blamed a lengthy commute to and from work and the responsibility of working a couple jobs at night to make ends meet. Sound familiar?
 
How many of you pay a monthly fee for a gym membership but hardly go? I think most of us enroll in a gym membership with good intentions, go a month or so and then keep paying but stop going.
 
Sound about right?
 

Good Ol’ Fashioned Exercise

When my kids were babies, each night after work, I laid on the living room floor, face down and let my then two year-old twins climb on my back. I proceeded to knock out sets of push-ups, about 10-12 reps.
 
I counted aloud so they could follow along, so to me it was more a teaching moment for my babies. Nothing better than seeing a smile on your child’s face while doing something good for yourself.
 
My gym days are over, if not for a desire to pay, but because time is limited. So, I rely on push-ups and sit-ups. They did the trick then and they’ll do the trick now. Hey, as long as it keeps my weight down, why not right?
 
It’s not glamorous. No mirrors to gawk into. No fit, good looking people to marvel at my finely sculpted body. Just me and the carpet, working together to release the stress of a day that cost only time.
 

Weight Watcher’s Really Does Work

I decided to give Weight Watchers a try. Who would have thought I would be that person carrying an insulated lunch box filled with fruit and a microwavable meal to work that read, “Weight Watchers”.
 
There I was, a blue lunchbox draped on my shoulder, walking the hallway to my office with a Weight Watcher’s meal tucked inside. No one saw the contents, but I knew. Not to mention, the thought of “what guy eats, let alone brings a meal to lose weight into work?”
 
I braved the embarrassment and ate the Weight Watcher’s meals every day for about a month and soon found myself on the Weight Watcher’s diet.
 
Plain and simple,Weight Watchers works!
 
I didn’t plan on dieting but after a month of eating “Weight Watcher” meals, it was a no-brainer. Plus, I was able to eat whatever I wanted but at reduced servings.
 
I stumbled onto the Weight Watcher’s program by eating the meals. I didn’t pay a monthly fee to join a group.  I just searched online for the phrase, “weight watchers daily points allowance calculator” (the initial step in the program) in which plenty of sites popped up.
 
After I figured out the number of points I’m allowed each day. I then find out the number of points each piece of food has by searching online for the phrase, “weight watchers points calculator”. The calculator allowed me to type the name of food I ate and provided the number of points for each.
 
Once I knew the number of points I could eat, and how to find the number of points in the food I ate, I began the diet and in 30 days saw pretty good results.
 
It’s all about portion control and discipline.
 

Ditch Sitting at Work

Sit much at work? I do. So when I asked my Director if we could look into sit-stand desks, they looked at me with a crazed look. Needless to say, the Director obliged and in matter of months, I was standing at work.
 
Do yourself a favor, ditch your chair at work and stand whenever possible. I stand at work any chance I get. In a previous position, I converted my desk into a stand up, using printer tables and monitor extensions.
 
It looked awkward and begged the question, “Is that a fire hazard?” And so, my setup was dismantled. Thankfully, my supervisor at that job, saw my commitment and ordered me a stand up desk there as well.
 
The first few days standing hurt my feet, so I searched online how to mitigate the pain from standing. I learned a fatigue mat and alternating from standing to sitting throughout the day helps with leg and back pain. 
 
The immediate benefits of standing were:
 
1. I no longer got the “chills”
2. I drank more water
3. I moved away from my computer screen frequently
4. I moved a lot more
 
Standing may not be an option at your place of employment, so set alerts on your cell phone, desk clock or calendar within your email system every 20-30 minutes, to remind yourself to break away from staring at the computer screen.
 
Aging is no fun. Time is at a premium but so is maintaining good health by exercising and trying to eating decent.
 
It’s tough eating well in the genetically modified food era we currently live in. I’m an old fart now, so any small change I can make in what I eat and how much I eat will keep my weight from ballooning.
 
That’s something we all should be cognizant of, don’t you think?



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